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Kenbrell Thompkins | Wide Receiver

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/29/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 195
College: Cincinnati
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Former Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins has "turned some heads" at Raiders practice.
Claimed off waivers on Monday, Thompkins has already earned a litany of compliments from the Raiders' coaching staff. OC Greg Olson said Thompkins "has a tremendous work ethic," is an "intelligent player" and "looks like a polished receiver." Not bad for three days' work. It is difficult to take this news with anything but a grain of salt. We have seen glowing practice reports before from Thompkins, but they have rarely been harbingers of on-field success. Thompkins may climb the depth chart in Oakland, but is unlikely to come into any fantasy value this season. Oct 11 - 1:57 PM

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Raiders claimed WR Kenbrell Thompkins off waivers from the Patriots.

The subject of endless preseason hype amongst Boston beat writers, 26-year-old Thompkins disappointed as a rookie and took a step back as a sophomore, falling behind Brian Tyms, Brandon LaFell, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and Aaron Dobson on the Patriots' depth chart. He's just a scrap-heap pickup for the talent-less Raiders, who have the worst roster in football, bar none.
Oct 6 - 4:13 PM

Patriots waived WR Kenbrell Thompkins.

With Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins both questionable, LB Ja'Gared Davis was promoted from the practice squad in a corresponding move. Thompkins has been a healthy scratch in two of the last three games and was behind Brandon LaFell and Danny Amendola on the depth chart. The move could also open a spot on the active roster for Brian Tyms, who has until Monday to be activated.
Oct 4 - 5:12 PM

Kenbrell Thompkins is a healthy scratch for Week 4 against the Chiefs.

Thompkins and Aaron Dobson are both healthy scratches, leaving Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and Brandon LaFell at receiver. Thompkins is off the fantasy map.
Sep 29 - 7:13 PM

Kenbrell Thompkins caught one pass for 16 yards in Week 3.

Thompkins was active over Aaron Dobson this week. He played X receiver in three-wide sets, with Brandon LaFell the preferred option opposite Julian Edelman on running downs. Thompkins was a healthy scratch last week and remains off the fantasy radar.
Sep 21 - 5:39 PM

Patriots declared WR Kenbrell Thompkins, CB Alfonzo Dennard, DE Zach Moore, RB James White, LB Jamie Collins, C Ryan Wendell and DE Michael Buchanan inactive for Week 2 against the Vikings.

Thompkins had a horribly inefficient Week 1, and was replaced on the active roster by Aaron Dobson. White is a healthy scratch for the second straight week, and is now clearly behind Brandon Bolden on the Patriots' depth chart. Dennard was never listed on the injury report, but is reportedly dealing with a left-shoulder injury. Wendell (knee) and Buchanan (ankle) were both game-time decisions.
Sep 14 - 11:52 AM

Running as the Patriots' "X" receiver, Kenbrell Thompkins caught 5-of-10 targets for 37 yards in the Patriots' Week 1 loss to the Dolphins.

Thompkins' looks were second only to Rob Gronkowski's 11. Thompkins ran ahead of Aaron Dobson, who was a healthy scratch after being absent from the Week 1 injury report. Thompkins could have had a sixth grab, but had a miscommunication with Tom Brady, who was inaccurate all afternoon. Although the Pats' passing attack was in absolute disarray today, Thompkins is worth a flier if on the wire in 12-14 team leagues. It's unlikely his battle with Dobson is settled, however.
Sep 7 - 6:43 PM

Kenbrell Thompkins started the Patriots' third preseason game Friday night, catching 2-of-3 targets for 35 yards.

Thompkins worked ahead of Brandon LaFell, though both players saw extensive time with the first-team offense. Thompkins dropped a wide-open look in the middle of the field in the second quarter, but Tom Brady came back to him on the very next play for a 14-yard gain. Brady has recently expressed confidence in the second-year wideout, and it is not inconceivable Thompkins holds onto the "X" receiver job even when (if) Aaron Dobson gets healthy. Thompkins has 6 catches for 78 yards and a touchdown this preseason.
Aug 23 - 12:11 AM

Tom Brady praised Kenbrell Thompkins after the second-year wideout caught three passes for 32 yards and a score during the Patriots' second preseason game.

"I've got so much confidence in him and what he's been able to do, and continue to achieve," Brady said. "So hopefully there will be a lot more of those [touchdowns]." With Aaron Dobson (foot) still out, Thompkins has made the most of his starting opportunities. He will be relegated to the bench if Dobson ever gets healthy, but for now is penciled in as a starter in three-wide sets.
Aug 16 - 9:30 AM

Running as the Patriots' starting "X" receiver, Kenbrell Thompkins secured 3-of-4 targets for 32 yards and a touchdown in Friday night's second preseason game.

The second-year UDFA is gobbling up first-team reps with Aaron Dobson still coming back from a foot injury. Dobson is a clearly-superior talent, but has obvious health concerns. We're still not recommending Thompkins as a re-draft pick. Dobson is a better target at his late-13th/early-14th-round ADP.
Aug 15 - 10:29 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss considers Kenbrell Thompkins a "near lock" for the final roster.

Reiss believes the Patriots will end up keeping both Thompkins and Josh Boyce, giving them as many as seven wideouts on the 53-man roster, including designated special teamer Matt Slater. Still, Thompkins will just be insurance on the outside in case Aaron Dobson can't get over his foot injury or fails to take a step forward. Thompkins is not on the re-draft radar right now.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 2 - 10:39 AM

ESPN Boston believes if the season started today, Kenbrell Thompkins would be a starting receiver for the Patriots.

Part of it has to do with Aaron Dobson (foot) not being healthy, but Thompkins made a strong impression this spring and would occupy the X receiver spot opposite Julian Edelman if it was Week 1. Dobson is expected to be ready for the first day of camp. He remains the favorite to start the opener, but Thompkins appears to have a firm grip on a roster spot at the moment.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jun 27 - 9:56 AM

The Boston Globe observes that second-year WR Kenbrell Thompkins was "sometimes dominant" during OTAs.

Thompkins "got the better of" new CB Brandon Browner "several times" in the non-contact practices. Thompkins and fellow second-year WR Josh Boyce are believed to be fighting for one roster spot. Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson, and Brandon LaFell are heavy favorites to fill the top four receiver spots. Thompkins battled drops and mental miscues as a rookie, but flashed big-time ability. Dobson, Amendola, and Edelman are all injury-prone.
Jun 20 - 11:29 AM

The Boston Herald believes Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce could be competing for the same roster spot.

The Boston Globe suggested the same thing earlier this week. Thompkins flashed big-time raw ability as a rookie, but also struggled with drops and mental mistakes. He was a healthy scratch in Week 9, and dealt with hip and head injuries down the stretch. He caught only nine passes after Week 7. Were Thompkins to get squeezed off the roster in New England, he'd have teams lining up to give him a second chance.
Mar 20 - 10:57 PM

Kenbrell Thompkins (concussion) is inactive for Sunday's AFC Championship game versus Denver.

Thompkins was concussed last week against the Colts and was listed as questionable after being limited in practice. The good news for New England is that Aaron Dobson (foot) is back in the lineup after aggravating his injury in Week 17. He'll handle X receiver duties. Also inactive for the Patriots are DL Isaac Sopoaga, CB Justin Green, OL Chris Barker, TE D.J. Williams, DL Jake Bequette, and LB Steve Beauharnais. P Ryan Allen (shoulder) is active.
Jan 19 - 1:39 PM

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